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Gloria Guinness
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Socialite
    (August 27, 1912-November 9, 1980)
    Born in Guadalajara, Mexico
    Birth name was Gloria Rubio y Alatorre
    Socialite and fashion icon
    Married to German Count Franz Egon von Furstenberg-Hedringen (1935-40), Egyptian Prince Ahmad Fakhri Bey (1942-49) and Member of Parliament Thomas 'Loel' Guinness (1951-80)
    Contributing editor to Harper's Bazaar (1963-71)
    Named to the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame (1964)
    She was rumored to have spied for Germany during WWII.
    During her marriage to Prince Fakhri, she had an affair with British diplomat Duff Cooper.
    She told Noel Coward about her final husband, 'I could never sleep with Loel. He farts too much.'
    She explained her six houses around the world with, 'You can't possibly spend twelve months at any one place.'
    She liked to invite fellow socialite Babe Paley to parties, telling her they were causal dress when they were really black tie.
    She suffered from depression.
    She officially died of a heart attack, but it was rumored that she committed suicide because she was worried about losing her looks and her rich husband.
    Her elegant neck earned comparisons with Nefertiti.
    Style arbiter Eleanor Lambert called her 'the most elegant woman in the world.'
    She popularized capri pants.
    Her jewelry collection was actually owned by the Guinness Corporation, and her husband would personally put away the jewels in a safe whenever they returned from an event.
    She said, 'Chic cannot be taught.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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